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Old 03-20-2013, 12:09 AM   #11
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I think either is a pretty safe bet that time of year. I agree that 84/80 might be a little flatter. On 90, you have Snoqualmie Pass in the Cascades at 3000 feet then Montana Rockies plus the continental divide at 6,329. You have to cross is somewhere.

On 84, you have a pretty flat drive through the Cascades since you are following the Columbia River across Oregon. There mountain passes along the way. They just do not seem to ba as steep as some of the other alternatives.

Even if you go further south on I5, you need to cross the Syskiyou summit at 4,300 feet. That route can be nasty in the winter.
Thank you, very helpful.

Seems then that going significantly farther south does not dramatically change the odds of getting bad weather? Bad weather unlikely but possible and we should be prepared to stay put as the weather requires?

I also assume if we start talking about November it gets much iffier?
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I80 is normally fine. The biggest problem in Wyoming I think is the wind. It can be brutal with average winds at 40-50 MPH. Just be careful and you should be fine.
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Old 04-01-2013, 09:40 PM   #13
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I80 is normally fine. The biggest problem in Wyoming I think is the wind. It can be brutal with average winds at 40-50 MPH. Just be careful and you should be fine.
Thanks, hadn't thought a whole lot about the wind yet!

Living in the wide open prairies I know they can be challenging just in the truck!
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Planning for a trip through Canada to Vancouver and then down the West Coast partways this fall. My question/fear is which Pass through the Rockies should I consider when returning to the prairies in late October? I'm concerned about road conditions. Probably thinking to Portland and a bit farther would be nice length of trip but could I get back across the Rockies easily in late October that far north? Or too late in the season? Farther south better and how far south realistically would be wise?

Pulling a 3000 lb Surveyor ultralight with a towing equiped F150, big engine, trailering transmission, so think I have sufficient truck for the trailer. It pulls it easily up prairie hills! (I know, not quite the same as a mountain pass)

Can anyone point us in the right direction (pun intended)? Or if there are clearly certain routes that would be too late in the year that would be helpful too.

Could maybe move the trip up a few weeks so returning early October.

Thanks for any advice/experience you can share!
I-80 should be your best bet that time of year. A LOT flatter than I-70, although there are a couple of pretty good hills (one just east of Laramie, if remember correctly).

However, at that time of the year a sudden storm could dump a TON of snow. BUT it would be all gone in just a day or so. I'd just find a truck stop (Little America is a great one along there) and hole up for a day or so. Part of the adventure!!!

Finally, it's a damn boring ride, and I-80 in Wyoming can be really windy. DW HATES that ride!

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I-80 should be your best bet that time of year. A LOT flatter than I-70, although there are a couple of pretty good hills (one just east of Laramie, if remember correctly).

However, at that time of the year a sudden storm could dump a TON of snow. BUT it would be all gone in just a day or so. I'd just find a truck stop (Little America is a great one along there) and hole up for a day or so. Part of the adventure!!!

Finally, it's a damn boring ride, and I-80 in Wyoming can be really windy. DW HATES that ride!

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Couldn't be as boring as Saskatchewan

I-80 it is then! Thanks!
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